NBA: Nuggets stuns Clippers to reach Western Conference finals

Denver became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason. The team beat Utah in Game 7 in the first round.

Jamal Murray (27) scored 40 points as Denver Nuggets overcame a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday night.   -  AP

Denver’s dynamic duo of Jamal Murray and Jokic led another stunning turnaround as Denver Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.

Murray scored 40 points, Jokic had a triple-double by the third quarter and Denver again overcame a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday night.

Denver became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason. The team beat Utah in Game 7 in the first round.

 

Jokic completed his triple double by the third quarter of Tuesday night's contest in the NBA's quarantine bubble in Florida, finishing with 16 points, 13 assists and 22 rebounds.

His rebound count is the most by a Nuggets player in an NBA playoff game, breaking his old record of 19. Denver's dynamic duo combined for 56 points.

Denver will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals.

Denver certainly quieted the noise around the Clippers, which hoped the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George would lead them to its first-ever conference finals — and beyond. But LA’s stars fell flat.

Leonard finished with 14 points on 6-of-22 shooting, while George had 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting. The Clippers fell to 0-8 all-time in games where they could clinch a trip to the conference finals.

Adebayo’s block helps Heat win Game 1 over Celtics

In the Eastern Conference finals, Bam Adebayo made a clutch block with 2.5 seconds left in overtime as the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 117-114 in the opening game of the series.

The Heat was down by 13 in the opening minutes, down by 14 in the final quarter and felt like a bad call took the lead from the side in the final seconds. It found a way in overtime, improving to an NBA-best 9-1 so far in these playoffs.

 

Goran Dragic scored 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22, Butler had 20 and Adebayo had 18. Tatum scored 30 points for the Celtics, Marcus Smart had 26 points, Walker had 19 and Jaylen Brown added 17. The Celtics had been 156-1 since the shot-clock era started 65 years ago — winners of 92 straight — when leading by 12 or more points going into the fourth quarter of a playoff game. It’s 156-2 now.

Miami’s Tyler Herro was one assist shy of a triple-double — finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Boston led 85-71 early in the fourth and kept the lead for almost all of the final period — until Butler connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 22 seconds left for a 106-105 Miami edge.

The Celtics tied it before the clock even started again. Derrick Jones Jr. was called for an away-from-the-play foul while Miami defended the inbounds pass, a call where the Heat argued to no avail that he got shoved instead. Tatum went to the line, tied the game with the free throw, and Boston all of a sudden went from needing a score to being able to run out the clock.

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